Karolinska Institutet Establishes Regenerative Medicine Facility In Hong Kong

The newly opened Ming Wai Lau Center for Reparative Medicine is the Karolinska Institutet’s first research hub in Asia.

AsianScientist (Oct. 17, 2016) – The Ming Wai Lau Center for Reparative Medicine, Karolinska Institutet (KI)’s first hub outside of Sweden, was inaugurated in Hong Kong on October 7, 2016. Researchers from around the world will be able to conduct research within regenerative medicine at the new facility, with the goal of eventually being able to replace damaged or lost tissue.

The Ming Wai Lau Center for Reparative Medicine will consist of two nodes, one in Stockholm and one in Hong Kong. Under KI’s leadership, the center will conduct basic research using technologies that are relevant for regenerative medicine.

The center has been fully funded through a donation from the Hong Kong-based businessman Lau Ming Wai. The research projects in the Lau Center range from biomedical engineering, gene-editing and RNA technology to the next-generation single-cell analysis/bioinformatics for the advanced development and translation of the specialty areas of stem cell-based regeneration of the heart, liver and nervous systems.

“We believe that people who are skilled in this area will be attracted by the new center. Research today is all about partnerships, especially for newly established groups. Much of the best stem cell research today is being done in Asia, and KI wants to be a part of it,” said Dr. Ola Hermanson, scientific director of the new center and researcher at KI’s Department of Neuroscience.


Source: Karolinska Institutet.
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